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NY Jets: Studs, duds from Week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals

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The NY Jets fell to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5. We look at the studs and duds from the game.

The NY Jets lost again in uninspiring fashion this past Sunday falling 30-10 to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5. The team now sits at 0-5 following yet another convincing loss at the hands of a superior foe.

It was yet another week in which the Jets were just flat out outplayed. Not surprising considering that Gang Green is the worst team in the NFL.

The Jets hung around with the Cardinals in Week 5 but ultimately fell by 20 points. With a final score of 30-10, it marks the fifth straight game out of the five games they’ve played this season that the team has given up 30 points.

There are few positives to take away from another embarrassing loss, as has been the case with seemingly every game this season. The Jets are bad, really bad. And it likely won’t be getting better anytime soon.

While the Jets did play poorly once again, there were a few bright spots in this game to go along with the dark.

So without further adieu, here are the studs and duds for the NY Jets from Week 5.

Next: 1. Two different targets, two different results

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Stud: Jamison Crowder, WR, NY Jets

The one bright spot that has been a constant so far the season has been Jamison Crowder. The slot receiver caught eight passes for 116 yards, one of which went for a touchdown.

This marks the third game this season in which Crowder has had over 100 receiving yards (he’s only played in three games because of injury).

Averaging 111.7 yards per game means that Crowder leads the entire league in that statistical category. He is the lone bright spot within this offense. This week alone he was pretty much the only source of consistent offense for the Jets.

This week it was Joe Flacco under center, but no matter who is throwing the ball, Crowder has been a consistent target. His ability to get a lot of yards after the catch is essential for the Jets’ offense.

Considering there is not a lot of downfield action, having that ability is really the only thing that will help the Jets move the ball down the field.

Dud: Chris Herndon, TE, NY Jets

While Crowder has been absolutely amazing this season, the Jets’ (supposed) starting tight end that was supposed to play a big role in the offense this season, Chris Herndon, has not been. He continues to drop passes which has really affected the offense.

One of the only things that worked in last year’s offense was the production out of the tight end position — this year this is not the case. Against the Cardinals, Herndon only had two catches for 24 yards which is not ideal.

He also dropped another big pass, making dropped passes a constant issue thus far this season. It’s time to move on from him, at least for the time being. Ryan Griffin is still a capable tight end, and due to Herndon’s horrible play, it’s time to give him a chance.

Next: 2. Big welcome back and the man who failed him

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Stud: Avery Williamson, LB, NY Jets

Welcome back Avery Williamson! I know that Sunday wasn’t his very first game back but it was the first time in which he made a huge impact in a game. He had eight total tackles and an interception in this week’s game.

Williamson was supposed to be paired up with C.J. Mosley to make up one of the better linebacker duos in the league, but after both were injured last year and Mosley opted out this year, they still haven’t played together.

Nonetheless, Williamson has still made an impact. He is the leader of this defense right now and a performance like this is just what the Jets needed. If this team is going to compete in any games this season, Williamson has to lead this defense.

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Dud: Adam Gase, HC, NY Jets

Now to the man who failed him. This man has failed the entire team and fanbase. This man would be none other than head coach Adam Gase. The situation just gets worse and worse from week to week.

Gase’s career in New York didn’t get off to a good start by playing Williamson too long in a preseason game and getting him hurt for the entire year. But we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about how he failed this week.

Gase failed recently-releasing running back Le’Veon Bell and it ultimately led to his departure from the organization.

Ultimately the Jets need to get rid of this guy. Until it actually happens, he will most likely be a dud on my list every week.

Next: 3. Another good LB performance and a failed backup

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Stud: Neville Hewitt, LB, NY Jets

To close off this week’s lists we have two new additions. To start off, we have Neville Hewitt who had a very good game playing alongside Avery Williamson at linebacker. He had 10 total tackles — four of which were solo tackles. He also had a tackle for a loss and a pass defended.

We shouldn’t be surprised by this. He has been pretty good this season, but in an under-the-radar way. He leads the team in tackles this season with 39. He was all over the place having an impact on the pass and run game.

While the defense as a whole hasn’t played well, Hewitt provides some hope that the Jets could have a long-term solution at that position. If he can continue this play, who knows what might happen.

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Dud: Chuma Edoga, OT, NY Jets

On the other side of the ball, the Jets had a serious problem at tackle. With Mekhi Becton out with an injury, it meant that Chuma Edoga got that start. It did not go well — at all.

Edoga let up two sacks on the day and it felt like the Cardinals’ defense was in the backfield on most dropbacks. With your backup quarterback in, it is very important to keep him upright in order to give him a chance.

Edoga did not make that happen.

It was just another week of struggles along the offensive line and it affected the Jets greatly. George Fant also had his struggles, but Edoga seemed to be the primary culprit.

Next. NY Jets: 3 reasons why Le’Veon Bell failed with Gang Green

Not only did he allow Flacco to be put under pressure, but he did not provide much push up front for the running backs. If the Jets are going to win at all this season, they are going to need better protection for the quarterback.

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